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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
George Canning. (1770–1827)
 
 
1
    Story! God bless you! I have none to tell, sir.
          The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder.
2
    I give thee sixpence! I will see thee damned first.
          The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder.
3
    So down thy hill, romantic Ashbourn, glides
The Derby dilly, carrying three INSIDES.
          The Loves of the Triangles. Line 178.
4
    And finds, with keen, discriminating sight,
Black ’s not so black,—nor white so very white.
          New Morality.
5
    Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe,
Bold I can meet,—perhaps may turn his blow!
But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, oh save me from the candid friend! 1
          New Morality.
6
    I called the New World into existence to redress the balance of the Old.
          The King’s Message, Dec. 12, 1826.
7
    No, here ’s to the pilot that weathered the storm!
          The Pilot that weathered the Storm.
 
Note 1.
”Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.” The French Ana assign to Maréchal Villars this aphorism when taking leave of Louis XIV. [back]
 

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